With 9 days, we take a look at two more prospects, both of whom are on campus right now, Zach Smith and Tren'Davian Dickson.
Both prospects took a completely different route to become Baylor Bears. With both on campus, we take a look at what they bring to the table and the type of impact that they will have on the Baylor program.
Smith was the first commitment to the 2016 class. Smith attended a Baylor summer camp in 2014 and impressed the coaches so much that Art Briles and, then offensive coordinator, Phillip Montgomery offered him on the spot. Smith accepted immediately.
Many have compared Smith to former Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty. Smtih is a 6'4, 200 lb QB from Grandview (TX) HS. Smith was one of the most prolific passers in Texas HS football. Closing out his senior year, Smith passed for over 4,000 yards and over 30 TD's, in leading the Grandview team deep in to the playoffs.
Smith is known for his strong arm and accuracy, but what is sometimes forgotten is the type of leadership that Smith brings to the table. Art Briles looks for specific things in his quarterbacks: arm strength, accuracy, headiness, leadership and a calmness that helps them perform under the most stressful situations. Smith has those.
Smith was an early enrollee, in to Baylor, but will very likely redshirt his freshmen year. With Seth Russell and Jarrett Stidham holding down the quarterback position, it is not necessary to rush Smith along unless absolutely necessary. Smith will likely need to wait until his RS JR year to get hit shot, but Smith will have 2 great quarterbacks to learn from, and should continue the long line of great quarterbacks to be groomed by Art Briles. Scout.com evaluated Smith and had this to say about the talented gun slinger:
Smith fits the bill as a prototypical Power 5 conference-caliber quarterback prospect thanks to his size and passing ability. Great frame potential because of his 6-foot-4, 200-pound size. Shows good velocity on short and intermediate throws. Places deep balls in proper pockets. Also throws well with touch at all levels when needed. Arm angle is consistently a bit low, but release is very quick and ball jumps out of his hand.
Smith will certainly have a chance to develop, and if he can fit some of his technique issues, he should have no problem making an impact.
This is a commitment that Baylor fans were excited about, but his route to becoming a Bear was rocky at best. Back in 2014, Baylor offered an under recruited WR out of Navasota, TX, in Dickson. That fall, Dickson would take the recruiting scene by storm as he demolished the TD reception record in TXHS football. After his historic junior season, Dickson committed to the Bears in early February, and gave Baylor one of the top WR commitments in the country. After a few months committed to the Bears, Dickson decommitted from Baylor after receiving offers and interest from several of college football's elite. That summer, Dickson turned heads by committing to Texas. This confused some from both parties, but after being committed to Texas for a few months, Dickson would eventually flip back to Baylor late in his senior season.
Baylor is getting one of the most dominant WR's in the history of high school football. Dickson possesses the skills to make an impact early and be one of the better WRs to play at Baylor. Many would compare Tren'Davian to KD Cannon. Dickson is a prospect who has great hands and is an excellent route runner. The one undervalued part of his game, however, is his speed. Many made much of his clocked 4.7 40 time, but one look at his film and you see someone who takes long strides and has deceptive speed.
Dickson was also an early enrollee and will certainly have an opportunity to get in to the rotation at WR, in the fall. Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst, Greg Powers, provided this analysis on Dickson:
Dickson is a stats machine, putting up record-breaking numbers as a junior. He also stepped up on the big stage with a huge game to help his team capture a state championship. A very natural pass-catcher and route-runner. He gets open often, but also gets open down the field to make big plays. Shows good body control, hands and concentration, out-jumping or just simply out-playmaking defensive backs, who sometimes are even in double coverage.
Dickson will need to put on some weight, but Dickson is one of those players who can make a big impact and could be the next great WR to come through Baylor.
Stay with BearsIllustrated, as we continue our march to NSD. Look for analysis on Kameron Martin and Bravvion Roy tomorrow.